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Learning objects Population modeller: pond

TLF ID L11721

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a pond ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students construct and explore hypotheses about population dynamics in a wetland environment.
  • Students model and analyse relationships between organisms in a wetland environment.
  • Students compare their hypothesis to data about population dynamics in a wetland environment.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities for students to dynamically model how changes to the population of an organism may impact on other organisms within a wetland environment.
  • Allows students to visualise the interrelationships between organisms in a wetland environment.
  • Provides sample ideas to start an inquiry.
  • Includes a Print function and a Save to PDF function.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • science;
  • studies of society and environment
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: CADRE Design
    • Address: Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia
    • URL:
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Name: Roger Clark and Karen Smith
    • Organisation: Synergie7 Pty Ltd
    • Address: Beaumaris VIC 3193 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.